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"Living Local with Dorie Dillard: Real Estate, Business, & Events"

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

    "Reale's Italian Cafe: A Family Legacy of Authenticity and Resilience in Austin"

The formation of my most recent series, "Living Local with Dorie Dillard: Exploring Real Estate, Business, and Events," was spurred by my participation in the Active Rain September Challenge, hosted by Dr. Paula McDonald and Kathy Streib.

Within this series, my second article introduces you to one of my favorite restaurants in NW Austin: Reale's Italian Café. Whether you drop in for drinks with friends at the bar and catch a game on their large screens, or savor a cozy romantic dinner, you’ll always feel you're home away from Rome!

                  

Undoubtedly, the Reale family epitomizes resilience. Bob Reale, a true New York City native, embarked on a remarkable journey when he established this family-operated trattoria. With minimal funds, a heap of determination, four children, and his life's greatest partner, Marie Reale, they laid the foundation for what would become Reale's Italian Cafe.

Their pride in their heritage radiates through every aspect of their restaurant. Pouring their heart and soul into the business, Bob and Marie, along with their son Gino, and all their kids, (now some of the grandkids) consider it a privilege to work alongside one another. Beyond the restaurant's commercial triumphs, the younger generations in the family have come to realize an invaluable bonus: the profound shaping of their character under the guidance of their patriarch.

Since its inception in 1981, Reale's Italian Cafe has weathered numerous transformations. Yet, through every change, one steadfast commitment remained: serving authentic Italian cuisine. Their paramount concern is to not only earn but also maintain the trust of their patrons.

Their dedication extends to crafting a picturesque setting, perfect for romantic dinners or family gatherings. Reale's has become the “go-to spot” in NW Austin for genuine Italian flavors. Their foresight led them to introduce al fresco dining with a covered patio long before it became a trend.

As someone who moved to Austin in 1981, I vividly recall hearing the consistent refrain, "You must try Reale's; it's the epitome of authenticity and a local gem." Today, they have not only stood the test of time but also expanded into a thriving catering enterprise.

 

Recently, City Council member Mackenzie Kelly, representing District 6, had the privilege of bestowing a proclamation upon the Reale family. September 1, 2023, was declared "Bob Reale Day" in Austin. For over four decades, Reale's Cafe has remained a cherished community cornerstone, filling both our hearts and stomachs.

               

So happy to see Bob Reale bestowed with this honor! Their story is yet another testament to the entrepreneurial spirit that thrives in Austin's local landscape!

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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm sure you would Nina Hollander, Broker ! It's always wise to take home ample leftovers to enjoy another time.

Sep 05, 2023 04:13 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You have that right Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty !!

Sep 05, 2023 04:14 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Roy Kelley 

Sep 05, 2023 04:14 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

they have survived the test of time Jerry Newman 

Sep 05, 2023 04:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Austinities all love supporting our local businesses Will Hamm 

Sep 05, 2023 04:15 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Kathy Streib ..they do offer something for everyone!

Sep 05, 2023 04:16 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I tend to stop for a Happy Hour more but love their food Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Sep 05, 2023 04:17 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful local businesses and everyone likes to support their ventures Michael Jacobs 

Sep 05, 2023 04:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'm sure you would Joan Cox 

Sep 05, 2023 04:18 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

When I grew up in Schenectady NY we had great Italian Restaurants George Souto 

Sep 05, 2023 04:19 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This series of yours is wonderful!  I would definitely prefer to support family businesses than corporate ones.  Reale's Italian Cafe sounds like such a great place to dine!

Sep 06, 2023 04:23 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Thank you Brian England ..It is a great neighborhood place for Happy Hour, dinner, special events, takeout and catering!

Sep 06, 2023 05:52 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Thank you for the inspiration for my blog series  - Lise's Living Local might be the title - my coach had just told me that I needed to do more local blogs - THANK YOU 

Sep 06, 2023 06:34 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You are most welcome Lise Howe ..my clients love to read them!

Sep 06, 2023 07:50 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sounds like a great place, Dorie.

I hope you will continue the series beyond the 3 for the challenge. Your localism posts will appeal to residents, visitors, and those interested in relocating to Austin!

Jeff

Sep 06, 2023 07:49 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

You had me at Italian food. I hope you're having a great week Dorie ☺️

Sep 06, 2023 10:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There is nothing finer than a good Italian restaurant to enjoy a good meal at.  Here in Sacramento, we have a few that are my favorites.

Sep 07, 2023 06:24 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

You are tight Jeff Dowler, CRS ..I will continue the series!

Sep 11, 2023 05:19 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I am Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS ..thank you for stopping by!

Sep 11, 2023 05:20 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I agree Myrl Jeffcoat ..I love Italian food!

Sep 11, 2023 05:20 PM